Friends! As promised, I’m going to teach you how to sew a bowl cozy! In our previous post, we went over sewing basics, which includes everything, well maybe not everything, but a lot you’ll need to begin sewing. This pattern is great for beginners! It helps you practice sewing in straight lines and teaches you about sewing right sides together. Need more sewing beginner basics? Check out our Sewing 101 post!
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What You’ll Need
- 1/3 yard of Cotton Fabric
- Universal Woven Fabric Needles
- Straight Pins
- Walking Foot/Regular sewing foot
- Fabric Scissors
- Tailors chalk or Tailors Marking Pen
- Coordinating Thread
- Seam Ripper
- Measuring Tape
- Yard Stick (optional)
- Rotary Cutter (optional)
- Rotary Cutting Mat (optional)
These supplies can be found at your local fabric, hobby or craft store. You can also purchase these supplies on Amazon, view our sewing idea list to purchase some of our favorites!
Things to know for this bowl cozy tutorial:
- Good Side – This is the side of the fabric that is printed or has a design. Most fabrics have a “good side” and a “wrong (bad) side”. When you buy solid color fabrics, they typically don’t have a good side or bad side.
- Tailor’s chalk/Tailor’s marking pen – These are interchangeable. I’m going to refer to tailor’s chalk as that’s what I have on hand, but use whichever you prefer!
- Batting – We would recommend using batting that you can buy by the yard. It tends to be a little lighter in weight, which is recommended. If you use batting in a package, it tends to be heavy weight making it more difficult to sew through.
- Cotton Fabric – You may choose to use one or two colors! If you decide to use two, be sure to purchase 1/3 yard of cotton material of each side.
Let’s Get Started!
- Begin by ironing any wrinkles out of your fabric. If you have a steam option on your iron, I recommend using this, it works a lot faster!
2. Cut two 10″ x 10″ squares from your cotton & two 10″ x 10″ squares from your batting. Our favorite way to cut fabric is with a rotary cutter & mat.
3. Take one piece of batting and one piece of your cotton fabric and using straight pins, pin together. When pinning, make sure your fabric is good side up and the wrong side is touching the batting.
4. Using your tailors chalk, you’re going to draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner. Place your ruler on the first corner & line it up with the corner diagonal and draw your line. If you’re using chalk, draw on the cotton fabric side, if you’re using a marker, we recommend testing it on a fabric scrap (washing) before drawing the line on the cotton fabric. To be safe, you can always draw on the batting (you won’t see that side)!
5. Repeat step #4 with the two remaining corners.
6. Using a straight stitch, stitch directly over the chalk lines you just made (do this for both lines). You should have a big “X” across your square when you’re finished. I like to use my walking foot for this part, but you could totally use a regular foot. I also use a fairly short stitch for this part.
7. Fold your freshly sewn project piece (batting + cotton fabric) in half with the cotton sides facing each other. Good sides of your cotton fabric should be touching with batting facing out.
8. Grab your tailors chalk & your measuring tape — You’re going to measure 2″ along the folded side of your project & make a mark. Now measure 1″ along the open side of your project & make a mark. These two marks should be fairly close to each other.
9. Using your ruler & chalk, draw a diagonal line from one mark to the other.
10. Repeat steps #8 & #9 on the other side. Directly across from the marks you just made.
11. Now you’re going to sew over the lines you just made. Use a few straight pins to hold the open edges in place while you sew. When finished, take your pins out & open it up.
12. Take your project and fold it the opposite way you did the first time, lining the corners up again. Repeat steps 8-11. Now when you unfold your project, it should have a little bit of a bowl shape to it.
13. You’ve probably been wondering when you’ll work on the second 10″ x 10″ square — now is your chance! Repeat steps 1-12 with your other two pieces. When finished, you should have two sides to your bowl. Each side should have a piece of cotton & a piece of batting sewn together.
14. Cut the extra fabric off near the area you just sewed. Do this on all 4 corners. This will make your bowl cozy lay much nicer when put together.
15. Now we’re going to sew both pieces together! You’re going to want to have both cotton sides touching. Turn one side to have the cotton facing in & the other will have the cotton facing out.
16. We’re going to sew around the entire top of the project now! Be sure to leave about 2-3 inches for turning the project inside out.
17. After you’ve sewn around the top, turn your cozy inside out. Both pieces of batting will now be smushed in the middle and your two cotton pieces should be facing outward — You should have a bowl shape now! Use a pair of scissors or pencil to poke the corners out.
18. Get excited, we’re almost done! Make sure the corners of your cozy match up. Pin the opening shut & sew around the top edge. This completes your project! You can choose to sew around the entire 4 edges, or simply just the opening you made for turning the cozy inside out.
Well that was easy, right?! Now you can use your cozy for all your microwaving needs & never burn your hand again! Having trouble? Let us know in the comments below or send us a message on instagram, we’re here to help!
Looking for another DIY project? Check out our up-cycle candle hack!